For too long we have failed to address crumbling infrastructure, including roads. According to recent studies, Wisconsin ranks 49th in road quality, and bad roads cost each driver an average $637 per year. Delays escalate the problem, and hurt Wisconsin’s ability to attract industry, tourism, and talent.
We must act now. A systemic approach is preferred rather than a single funding source. A modest gas tax would do wonders for roads. Many policy makers advocate for borrowing since the benefits accrue to the future generations paying for the debt. Best practices that focus on maintenance and public transportation are proven more cost effective than new construction. Innovative as well as tried and tested solutions are needed and available.
And while on the subject of transportation -- You would not have seen me reject federal funding to maintain, upgrade, and expand our rail infrastructure!